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Ten easy-to-incorporate ideas that help make your child's birthday party a party to remember. more

Jul 14, 2015 3:56 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Break your efforts down into smaller steps when things seem like they are getting out of your control. more

Feb 19, 2015 7:20 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Though it’s easier to stay home rather than worrying about meltdowns and explanations when you have a child with special needs, don’t. Show these tips to the host or hostess of the next holiday party to make the night a success for everyone. more

Dec 15, 2014 8:00 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Small gestures can help in big ways. more

Sep 12, 2014 7:07 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Writer Gillian Marchenko shares some tips for a successful school year with your special needs child. more

Aug 19, 2014 7:04 PM Chicago Parent Archives

When it comes to therapy, it isn't one size fits all. Here's how to make therapy work for your family. more

Jul 16, 2014 1:16 PM Special Needs

Your friend or family member just received a special needs diagnosis for their child. Your support is needed more than ever right about now. more

Mar 31, 2014 3:06 PM Chicago Parent Archives

When the doctor finishes his evaluation and tells you what he think might be wrong with your child, don't turn immediately to your cellphone for the 'real' answers. more

Mar 31, 2014 3:02 PM Chicago Parent Archives

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Raising a child with special needs can be difficult. While parents get stuck thinking about the hard parts, it's easy for them to think about the good things. more

Aug 13, 2013 7:03 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Fifty-seven thousand students with disabilities are enrolled in the Chicago Public School system. How can families talk to their kids about children with special needs? more

Aug 5, 2013 4:32 PM LEARN

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Sometimes siblings of special needs kids feel left out, or super responsible. Chicago has some great resources for balancing your parenting when you have children with different needs. more

Apr 23, 2012 5:14 PM Chicago Parent Archives